There are 4 ways to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef by ferry, plane, train or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Ferry, fly  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$185 - $446

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Ferry, train  •  43 h 18 min

  1. Take the ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$303 - $489

Bus, train, ferry  •  47 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$310 - $483

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$311 - $463

Questions & Answers

The distance between Manly Beach and Great Barrier Reef is 1968 km.

The best way to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to ferry and train which takes 43 h 18 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 27 min to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 10 min.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1229.8 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 27 min

What companies run services between Manly Beach, NSW, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, Wharf 2, take the walk to Circular Quay Station, take the train to International Airport Station, take the walk to Sydney airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, take the line 110 bus to Spence St at Grafton St, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef via Circular Quay, Wharf 2, Circular Quay Station, Central Station, Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, Cairns Central Station, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Spence Street at Grafton St, Cairns, and Great Barrier Reef Green Island in around 43 h 18 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$264
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Ferry operators
Manly Fast Ferry
Website
manlyfastferry.com.au
Ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
manlyfastferry.com.au
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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